Pretoria Wedding Venue: Real Weddings – Our Happily Forever After

Steph & Teneale – 1 May 2014

“It was a million tiny little things that, when you added them all up, they meant we were supposed to be together … and I knew it”

Our Story ~

Steph and I were together for 3 years and Steph decided he was going to ask that big FOREVER question. He started planning the ring and it was in the process of being set, for a Christmas proposal, when we took a trip to Botswana. Incidentally I returned home pregnant and another ring was then being set for the new addition.

He proposed in February of 2009, on the mountain overlooking Intundla Game Lodge & Bush Spa. It was a very hot, and amazing day!

We also subsequently had our engagement shoot at Intundla in July last year when we decided it was a good idea to finally start planning this very big day.

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The Planning ~

After being engaged for 5 years, we finally decided it was time to ‘get this show on the road’, as they say. Knowing the difficulty of finding the perfect venue that most couples face, I started comparing and looking around – despite having the perfect venue already. Like a rebellious teenager I carted my mother on this search for a venue which would be something different to what I know at Intundla …..

What we came across was a logistical, planning and financial nightmare venue after venue!

After exploring my other options I went back to what my mother said to begin with and started planning the wedding of my dreams in a dream setting that is close to home.

 

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Choosing to have my wedding at Intundla Game Lodge & Bush Spa, even though I work for them as marketing manager, did not change their outlook or compromised the service I’ve received as a Bride. The managers are as professional and hardworking as they are for other guests and all my wedding guests loved them.

Knowing people in this industry is one thing but knowing who to rely on when it’s time to use them yourself is something completely different. I was lucky enough to have the best in the business from beginning to end. Not only in their professionalism of service but also in the adding to my day in making everyone feel confident and comfortable.

wedding-dress-intundlaFirstly, Bridal Wardrobe at Lynnwood Bridge. WOW. They were amazing from the start! I found my dress immediately just by telling them what I wanted, and then I still changed half the dress just to have the shoulders different. They did it all without a fuss and even cleaned my dress after the wedding.

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Sarah Swoon Blatcher from Swoon Makeup made us all look radiant and perfect for this momentous occasion. She even stayed for touch ups as this was a very emotional ceremony.

Wendy Chidrawi from 90 Degrees Hair Salon in Dely road, did all of our hair. The result was more than amazing, and we even had a pamper day at her salon before the wedding! They are incredible!

 

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My photographer, there is not much more I can say about Patrick Furter, his photos speak for themselves. He is incredible, and also makes everyone feel so comfortable. His wife, Lizelle who also owns the Brides Diary, accompanied him on the day and was also such an asset. They are really a power team and as I already experienced, photography is something you should not compromise on.

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Our reverend, Dee Harris, is more than an inspirational women. She met with us before the wedding for marriage counselling. She got to know us as a couple and made everything on the day she married us, and leading up to it, so personal and meaningful. She touched the hearts of every person at the ceremony, and I have not witnessed so many people shedding a tear at a service before. Or stay connected the entire time either…. It was incredible!

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Vonve Bridal Couture was where we got the gorgeous Bridesmaids dresses, and Lovisa the necklaces and earrings. They were the perfect fit and super comfortable, the girls were ready to party! The guests also could not help but stare at them down the aisle before I arrived!

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Fraaimeraai ontwerp in Pretoria has definitely taken wedding favours to another level. Such creativity and excellent assistance with whatever you need. All the goodies made were a brilliant touch, from the sock message for Steph, and the cigars for the boys, to the MC badge for Graeme and even the sparklers for our first dance.

The guys even appreciated it, which means they noticed it… that is huge!

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Theo Brits from Softlight Décor did all of our lights, and it was the biggest part of this occasion. The atmosphere he built with his qualified team was simply magical. We made a whole new venue in a car park thanks to him!

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Now our DJ, Neil Campbell … well when your guests ask you at dinner time if they can have a CD of the music already played, then you know you have someone who is good at what he does. We always have fabulous feedback from all who use his services, but experiencing it for myself was definitely a treat! He read the people, he played for all crowds and never once played a song that the dance floor was not full of people!

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All the décor was done by my own company, Szoosh.

The theme was mainly a love bird theme. I cut out the table placing’s which I pinned on the crystal glasses. I also cut out the birds on a wire which was hung up between the trees as the table numbers.

The colours were white, coral, baby blue, duck egg, turquoise and sea foam with elements of texture.

My new husband made the Jenga blocks that doubled up as a game and our guest book, these were a great hit.

We were outside and used matchless candles to create that candle atmosphere.

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Details:

Photographer: Patrick Furter

My Wedding Dress: Bridal Wardrobe

Ceremony Venue: Intundla Game Lodge

Hair: 90 Degrees Hair Emporium

Makeup: Swoonmakeup

Undies, cigar notes, sock notes, garter and sparklers: Fraaimeraai ontwerp

Reverend: Mark & Dee Harris

DJ: DJ Cambolsh

Décor: Szoosh

Wedding Website: Wedding Website

Bridesmaid Dresses: Vonvé Bridal Couture

Lighting: Soft Light Décor

Theme: Our Happily Forever After

 

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Team Building at Intundla less than an hour from OR Tambo

Mission Impossible … a world class activity!!                                 

Armed with only a minimum of lightweight equipment and an age-old Eskimo principle, the Team embarks on a seemingly impossible challenge…AND WINS!!

Their objective is to move the team and a vehicle across a stretch of open water in just two hours…without anyone getting wet! Do-able…?  Amazingly…YES!!

 This is a World class activity that stimulates and enhances various team dynamics and convince teams that The Impossible Is Indeed Possible!”    


Related article: 
How to Inspire your Team at your next Conference

 

The following important Team issues are addressed:

~ Planning

~ Communication

~ Listening skills

~ Lateral thinking

~ Teamwork

~ Team support

~ Tolerance

~ Big Hairy Audacious Goals

~ Leadership roles

~ One is too small to achieve greatness

~ Sharing ideas

~ Problem-solving

~ Respect other opinions

~ Mutual trust

~ Team fun

~ Team effort

~ Time management

~ Risk management

~ Everyone has a role to play

~ Ordinary teams can do the extraordinary
 

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Related article:
 Team building Activities you can do to get the most from your Conference


Benefits:  

This highly exciting and unbelievably impressive exercise contains all the elements that will recommit, recharge and regroup your team.  It is more than just fun and games, it is a long-term investment and a memory for life !

Intundla Game Lodge near Pretoria, and less than an hour from OR Tambo/Johannesburg, has been the first Conference and Team Building Venue to share this very unique activity with companies and is still the preferred lodge to do so. 

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Team Building at Intundla near Pretoria with Kubunye

Intundla Game Lodge and Bush Spa is no ordinary venue. This Conference and Team Building Venue near Pretoria is a place where your Team can get Revitalised, Refreshed, Re-engaged and Re-focused. Team Building Company Kubunye recently engaged one of our visiting Companies, BOTASH, in some of their Team building activities. Among the activities was one of our clients’ favourites – The Potjie Competition. This activity just never seems to get old, and old and young can have so much fun but also learn about their Team Dynamics.

But before we look at the Winning Potjie recipe let’s look at The difference between engaged and disengaged employees (information courtesy Kubunye)

Disengaged employees:
1. are always complaining and nothing is ever good enough for them
2. employees never take responsibility for their actions and are always looking for an excuse
3. lack enthusiasm for new projects
4. always saying it’s not my job and never go above and beyond
5. know everything and are too good to participate in creative thinking
6. prefer working alone
7. are easily distracted
8. do not invest in themselves and stagnate personally and in the company
9. are bystanders
10. Do not effectively contribute to team objectives

Related article: Why is Team Building Important?

Engaged employees:
1. Find the fun in all things and are grateful for the resources given to them
2. Take responsibility for their roles
3. Are enthusiastic
4. Never pass the monkey but assume responsibility to get things done
5. Love learning and are always looking for opportunities to improve
6. Love working in a team
7. Are focused on their roles and responsibilities
8. Heavily invest in themselves and grow personally and in the company
9. Are active members
10. Celebrate their contribution to the teams objectives
If you believe that you deserve a team of engaged employees, then we can and will assist you with our Team Ignite programs. CONNECT your team to awesome spirit, great relationships and fantastic performance

Related article: Team building Venue near Pretoria – Intundla Game Lodge & Bush Spa

Now for the WINNING Potjie Recipe (and yes you may try this at home)

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Traditional Lamb and Potato Potjie

Ingredients:
1.5kg lamb shanks
onion, chopped
Tbsp olive oil
Tbsp balsamic vinegar
Lemon juice
Tbsp Garam Masala
Couple of tomatoes, peeled and diced
1/2 Cup Beef stock
500g baby potatoes, in jackets
10 baby marrows, sliced
10 patty pans, halved
500g mushrooms, halved
salt and pepper to taste

Method:
Season the shanks lightly with salt and pepper and brown a few at a time in a heated pot until browned all over.
Add onion and spices and sauté until the onion is soft.
Add the vinegar and stir through.
Add the tomatoes and mix through.
Lower the heat, add stock and simmer until the shanks are done.
Add the baby potatoes after about 2 hours.
Simmer until the potatoes are almost soft and add the rest of the vegetables and heat until they’re just done but still al denté.
Season with salt and pepper to taste and another sprinkle of balsamic vinegar if you like.
Serve with brown rice.

Related article: Team Building at Intundla less than an hour from OR Tambo

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We have it all at Intundla Game Lodge & Bush Spa

If you’ve ever wondered what makes Intundla Game Lodge & Bush Spa so popular, the answer is because we have it all. We have the great advantage of location – close enough to get here easily but far enough to instill that out-of-the-city feeling. We have 7 Conference Rooms, the best outdoor Team Building facilities and great Accommodation.

We have also just started implementing the first phase of upgrading our rooms. The new beds are arriving in this week and we will have brand new linen as well as duvets for each bed. We are very excited about this new development and think our clients will be too! Our next phase will be the headboards in the rooms and will start early next month.

Come visit us at Intundla and see for yourself.

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